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The Family & Social Engineering

1 Aibreán, 2008
Author: Rita Moore Daly
Issue: 24 – April 2008

The Family & Social Engineering
In the war against the family the struggle against the ravages of divorce demands lifetime engagement.

Addressing a gathering in Madrid calling for the protection of the traditional family, the Holy Father noted that �the happiness of the individual and of society (is) strictly connected with the health of the family�.

A family dismembered and scattered thousands of miles apart needs no reminder of the life and death issues. Linking the health of the family with the health of society, however, should be heard far and wide. Bravo Your Holiness! It should be told because too many people, including professionals and religious people, apparently unable to see beyond their own comfort zone, do not see family destruction for what it is. Add poverty and the family problems harmonise with external ones. Bring in a crudely engineered subculture and hear it all transposed into a social dirge of sorts.
Poverty, never a simple matter, of course, is not what it used to be. It is brought up to date by the crude artificial culture that fosters it. Injected into the void of unmet human needs and wants, this is the culture that has supplanted the customs and traditions of family, and the learning and affections that flow naturally from faith and family and civilised human interrelations. This is what makes poverty a new kind of killer. You�ll find it on the outskirts of civilisation. Disseminated among those least equipped to resist its downward pull, it aims at easy prey, the lonely and the isolated, those harmed by loss and deprivation and psychiatric labels. It closes around its target like an adjustable wrench to pigeon-hole him into its comprehensive agenda.

Operating under cover of helping �the disabled�, its real business is alteration of human lives. In an all-out makeover, lives are distorted in an aggregate of disabling, dumbing down, behaviour-modifying methods. Needs are fabricated to accommodate counterfeit remedies. This is the cultural extension of outcome-based education.
Conditioning for subsistence is a major objective in this stultifying culture. From the outside in and inside out, a draftee is in for degradation beyond recognition. Alcohol and the other drugs, said to �reduce defences�, expedite the meltdown in what could easily be described as the psychosocial equivalent of plastic surgery. This attack upon the family and its members is not in view of the people. It is hidden in the secret and open manipulation of our lives. It is observable only in its consequences which are then exploited as causes. A glance at a few distinguishable elements in the brutish agenda may give some sense of its impact on its unwitting victims.

The adage about clothes making the man is not lost on the architects of �social change�. Clothing is the first thing to go. Dress and demeanour in keeping with family and peer group custom is replaced with the burlesque costume of the interlopers. Identity-coded garments, grooming and accessories signalling sexual and social status mark the wearer as a pawn of the cadres of change. Clothing decorated with morbid graphics produced by lit up minds make him the unwitting poster boy for the promoters and profiteers of the �new order�. A certain earring or cryptic tattoo brands him as an outlaw.
Social activities designed to distract, to stimulate or to suppress are substituted for education, productive work, religious observance and true recreation. Family functions and activities are aggressively crowded out. Mindless group meetings, video-watching, bonding sessions, rock concerts, exhausting spectator events, overnight gatherings and parties take over. Looking and listening are all it takes. Groupies call each other �Bro� and real biological brothers and sisters are pushed aside. In the pretence of equality, however, some have freer rein than do others. The guileless give way to the crafty and the well-connected.

Despite the rhetoric of career training, jobs don�t require much in the way of skills. A few large muscle functions are all that is needed for the drudgery that is sometimes available. Jobs cannot be counted on. They come and go, and the hard won earnings go into the costly lifestyle. On again off again employment, broken down cars or no cars, costly repairs, traffic tickets and auto insurance in an amount high enough to be a down payment on a house-complications churned up by arrogance and interference- present a running mess that no human being has the capacity to untangle. A man cannot succeed but achieve enough, just enough, to make him keep trying over and over and over again. He picks away at the wreckage of his life.

The risk of incapacitation is never far away. On the job injuries (combined with false income tax bills), punishment beatings, assaults with motor vehicles, surgical injuries leaving speech or hearing disorders, dental violence, are a few of the highlights.
Habitual networking perpetuates the chaos. Its pernicious effects are continuously propagated in an interlocking jumble of music. Junk food, appetite boosting or inhibiting substances, matchmaking, seduction or loneliness. The compulsions support or trigger one another in this headshop of sensations, juvenilia and group think, and the pounding beat and the spellbinding effect of mobile phones and beeping devices holding it all together. One gets hooked on the dope and everything associated with it.

There is only the present. The past is a broken dream. Memories are destroyed. Future prospects are extinguished. There is only the present, the unmitigated reality of it and the unquenchable hunger. It grows on one, this mockery, until it no longer distracts or stimulates. It grows until only more will do. In a life devoid of human satisfactions, isolated from one�s family, one comes to depend on it for the animal gratifications and analgesics it offers. It grows on the people until the outrageous becomes the ordinary and the scandalous no longer shocks.

�Substance abuse� gets one coerced into treatment (if not into prison) as millions are each year. The treatment, with mind-numbing drugs, at the rate of over a thousand dollars a day, is almost sure to be a program of recovery based on the pseudo-religious Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Attendance at AA meetings is required.

He has a disease, the now �client� is told, an incurable disease that makes him powerless over alcohol (or other drug). It�s in the genes, he is likely to hear. One drink could lead to another and sooner or later to disastrous consequences. If he doesn�t keep going to the meetings-for the rest of his life- he is at risk of death or insanity. And so it goes this cruel and costly culture of poverty, spawning ground of human misery. Decades long, as martyr witnesses can say, in its attack on the family, it threatens the foundations of society.

Invoking the doctrine of free will against the victims of this cultural concentration camp, while the powers that be keep silent, does nothing to protect the family or individuals. In the extreme frustration of it all, the never ending disappointment, youth slips away and family, faith and ethnic identity. Health is ruined. Lives tremble in the balance…and then one begins to see…as the family goes so goes the society.